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Wandering Away No More

By September 26, 2019 No Comments

What will happen if I turn my back for just one minute? A common thought faced by families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia and autism who live with the all too real possibility of their husbands, wives, parents and children wandering away. One year ago, Los Angeles County, led by Supervisor Janice Hahn, launched the ground-breaking L.A. Found Initiative to help locate individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other cognitive impairment that puts them at risk of wandering.  The program uses a system of voluntary, trackable bracelets provided by LA County that corresponds with a unique radio frequency that is activated should a person go missing. 

Since the launch of the program, 12 people with bracelets have gone missing and all 12 were found safely due to LA Found. The initiative has not only saved lives but has allowed family members and caretakers to have peace of mind as to the safety and whereabouts of their loved ones. L.A. Found program is a collaborative effort between Los Angeles County’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. To learn more about L.A. Foundclick here.